5 Unhealthy Habits That Could Be Making Your Psoriasis Worse
The obvious signs of psoriasis are on the skin—dry, red patches covered in silver scales. But this chronic autoimmune disease may also put a dent in emotional well‑being and self-confidence, leading some people to make unhealthy lifestyle choices. And it’s a vicious cycle: Many of these bad habits can make psoriasis even worse.
“Lifestyle really can make an impact on the number and severity of psoriasis flares,” says Sandy Skotnicki, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist at Bay Dermatology Centre in Toronto, Canada, and author of Beyond Soap.
Plus, unhealthy habits can increase your risk of heart disease and stroke, which may already be elevated simply by having psoriasis. In fact, people under age 60 with severe psoriasis are more likely to develop heart disease, according to research published in The American Journal of Cardiology. This makes it even more important for people with psoriasis to avoid the following bad habits.